Matthew L. Siebieda, 98, of Bellaire, OH passed away peacefully in his home surrounded by loved ones on Thursday, April 5, 2018. He was born on November 27, 1919 in Wheeling, WV one of nine children of Joseph and Antonina Drobek Siembieda.
Matthew worked at Wheeling Steel and Ormet. He was a member of St. John Catholic Church, Disabled American Veterans, United Steel Workers and Bellaire Son’s of Italy. Everyone knew Matthew as Matt, always full of life and love for his family, church and country.
He served in WW II with the U.S. Army’s 3rd Infantry Division which saw combat in North Africa, Sicily, Italy, France, Germany and Austria for 531 consecutive days which included participating in six independent invasions in Europe. He was wounded twice and shrapnel which could not be removed, returned to join his troops in battle which earned him several medals including the Purple Heart. He was an avid story-teller of his life as a soldier to help keep alive the memory of his fellow soldiers and to remind all the sacrifices made by many. You would never see Matt without his army cap which he wore proudly.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers, Carl, Joseph, Jr. (Virginia), William (Betty), Walter and John Siebieda; sisters, Stella (Steve) Kussick and Wanda (Harry) Porter; brothers-in-law, John Horbatak and Vernie (Eileen) Cetorelli; nephew, Johnny Horbatak.
He is survived by his loving wife of 70 years, Frieda Cetorelli Siebieda; his son, Larry (Lillian) Siebieda and daughter, Paula Siebieda, both of Bellaire; grandchildren, Jeremy Siebieda of Bridgeport and Kathy (Brian) Logan of Atlanta; his sister, Helen Horbatak; sisters-in-law, Shirley Siebieda and Mary Belot; brother-in-law, Vondi Cetorelli; many nieces and nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.
Friends will be received on Sunday from 5-8 pm at Bauknecht-Altmeyer Funeral Homes & Crematory 441 37th Street Bellaire, OH with a Vigil Service at 7:45 pm. Sons of Italy service at 7:30 pm in the funeral home.
Funeral Liturgy with Mass will be celebrated on Monday at 9:30 am at St. John Catholic Church with Fr. Daniel Heusel as celebrant. Entombment in Holly Memorial Gardens, Pleasant Grove, OH. Full Military Honors will be conducted by the Belmont County Veterans Association at the cemetery.
Share your thoughts and memories of Matt with his family at www.bauknechtaltmeyer.com